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Retirement Villages Group offers use of its homes to NHS




Retirement Villages Group (RVG) has offered the government the use of vacant accommodation to support the NHS in its battle with Covid-19.

These include 81 apartments and cottages at Debden Grange, its newest village near Saffron Walden, and a further 10 recently completed cottages at Lime Tree Village, its flagship community in Warwickshire.

Retirement Villages Group properties at Debden Grange, near Saffron WaldenPicture: Matthew Power Photography
Retirement Villages Group properties at Debden Grange, near Saffron WaldenPicture: Matthew Power Photography

The offer seeks to help house NHS staff who require temporary accommodation to free up critical beds and support medical staff to self-isolate during the crisis.

“These are unprecedented times,” said Will Bax, CEO at RVG. “We are focussed on doing what we can to support our communities and enable the NHS and its amazing people to save lives.”

Retirement Villages Group has also brought in strict measures to keep their residents and staff supported throughout the pandemic, including the provision of food and home-cooked meal deliveries, a wellbeing programme, walking trails and gardening, regular check-ins via phone. It has also created of Community Connect - a virtual community group for residents and the community to stay in touch.

Will added: “Retirement villages exist to help older people to live better lives. We have been forced to pivot our services in the past few weeks to ensure we can keep our residents as safe and supported as possible. Never has this work been more important than it is now.

“However, we’re also looking for the silver lining and how we can ensure that communities come through the crisis stronger and more united than ever.”

RVG has been developing and managing bespoke retirement communities for more than 35 years. The company currently has 16 locations, including two under construction and five further sites in planning. For more information visit, retirementvillages.co.uk.


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